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42-97087

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/1/44; Gr Island 11/2/44; Presque Is 21/2/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 1/3/44; transferred 748BS/457BG [M] Glatton 2/3/44; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Byron Schiffman, Co-pilot: Bill Barton, Navigator: Irving Cohen (3 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Finn Firing, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Westwood, Radio Operator: Nathan Mostow, Ball turret gunner: Wilbur Epley, Waist gunner: John Wilkerson, Waist gunner: Alf Kunz,Tail gunner: Vernon Nelson (7 Killed in Action); flak, spiralled down before exploding, crashed Perlach, SE of Munich, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7829. TUJUNGA !

Service

Units

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 748th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Barton

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Perlach on 7/31/44 in B-17 Tujunga I POW

  • Irving Cohen

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Perlach in B-17 Tujunga I #4297087 on 7/31/44 POW

  • Welbur Epley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Perlach in B-17 Tujunga I #4297087

  • Finn Firing

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 in B-17 #42-97087. 'Tujunga I PH

  • Nathaniel Hostow

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Perlach on 7/31/44 in B-17 Tujunga I #4297087

  • Alfred Kunz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Perlach in B-17 Tujunga I #4297087

  • Vernon Nelson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Perlach in B-17 Tujunga I #4297087

  • Byron Schiffman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Perlach on 7/31/44 in B-17 Tujunga I #4297087 POW

  • Joseph Westwood

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Perlach in B-17 Tujunga I #4297087

  • John Wilkerson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 in B-17 #4297087 'Tujunga I Crashed near Perlach PH

Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 31 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2021 13:22:52 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

See image.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7829 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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